12 YEARS A SLAVE Among 2014 ABFF Hollywood Awards Nominaitons; Full List Announced

Film Life, Inc., the organization that produces the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) today announced the nominations for The ABFF Hollywood Awards an online platform created to recognize the work of persons of African descent in the motion picture industry and outstanding films portraying the Black experience. The awards will give fans a voice in naming the best movies and performances of the past year, exciting interest in Black cinema during Hollywood's award season and Black History Month.

"Hollywood is an industry centered on gaining widespread interest and support of mass audiences yet the large majority of awards platforms are determined by small and relatively non diverse groups of industry insiders. This award will allow people from all walks of life a chance to participate in the process of celebrating good work," said Jeff Friday, ABFF Founder/CEO of Film Life, Inc. The Awards and Festival are a part of the ABFF brand's global initiative to promote the Universal appeal of Black cinema by showcasing Black artists, stories and culture to a broader audience.

ABFF Hollywood Awards will be determined by popular vote of the general public; inclusive of the 90,000 plus American Black Film Festival alumni around the world. Voting will take place January 15 through January 22, at www.abffhollywoodawards.com. The winners will be revealed online February 19, during a five-minute "web show," hosted by Chris Spencer (Executive Producer/Creator of BET's "Real Husbands of Hollywood"), that will feature him tracking down winners to present the Award trophy and capture their acceptance speech.

The nominees below were selected by a jury of film critics and entertainment editors from African American media outlets around the country. For consideration, films must have had U.S. theatrical release dates between January 1 and December 31, 2013, with a minimum two-week run in New York and Los Angeles, as well as have been directed by, written by, produced by or featuring in a leading role, a person(s) of African descent. Individuals (actors, directors, producers, and writers) must be of African descent.

MOVIE OF THE YEAR

12 Years A Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures) produced by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Bill Pohlad, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan and Anthony Katagas

Fruitvale Station (The Weinstein Company) produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi and Forest Whitaker

Lee Daniels' The Butler (The Weinstein Company) produced by Pam Williams, Laura Ziskin, Lee Daniels, Buddy Patrick and Cassian Elwes

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (The Weinstein Company) produced by David M. Thompson and Anant Singh

The Best Man Holiday (Universal Pictures) produced by Sean Daniel and Malcolm D. Lee

BEST ACTOR

Morris Chestnut The Best Man Holiday

Chiwetel Ejiofor 12 Years A Slave

Idris Elba Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Michael B. Jordan Fruitvale Station

Forest Whitaker Lee Daniels' The Butler

BEST ACTRESS

Halle Berry The Call

Danai Gurira Mother of George

LisaGaye Hamilton Go for Sisters

Nia Long The Best Man Holiday

Kerry Washington Peeples

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Barkhad Abdi Captain Phillips

Cuba Gooding, Jr. Lee Daniels' The Butler

Terrence Howard The Best Man Holiday

Samuel L. Jackson Oldboy

David Oyelowo Lee Daniels' The Butler

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Nicole Beharie 42: The Jackie Robinson Story

Naomie Harris Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Sanaa Lathan The Best Man Holiday

Lupita Nyong'o 12 Years A Slave

Octavia Spencer Fruitvale Station

Oprah Winfrey Lee Daniels' The Butler

BEST DIRECTOR

Ryan Coogler Fruitvale Station

Lee Daniels Lee Daniels' The Butler

Antoine Fuqua Olympus Has Fallen

Malcolm D. Lee The Best Man Holiday

Spike Lee Oldboy

Steve McQueen 12 Years A Slave




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